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Annie Young (Propeller), U1760, fire, 18 Oct 1890

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The steambarge ANNIE YOUNG of the Anchor Line, left J.D. Thompson's dock at 7 A. M. for up lake ports. At 9:15 A. M. while opposite Lexington, flames were discovered issuing from the after hatchway. The wind was blowing hard and the flames soon enveloped the after part of the vessel. The crew was unable to get the flames under control, and it became evident that the vessel was doomed. A yawl was lowered and 9 of the crew embarked. The sea was heavy and it was hard work to keep the yawl afloat. The boat stood it for some time, but finally capsized and the entire crew were drowned. All this happened in full view of the steamer, but the captain and his associates could furnish no assistance. Soon after the steambarge EDWARD SMITH, bound up, came to the rescue and took off the captain and 13 sailors and brought them to Port Huron. As the SMITH started for port, the YOUNG was one mass of flames.
      To rescue the crew, it was necessary to run close to the burning vessel. Three times the captain of the SMITH brought the steambarge about, and each time saved several lives. The YOUNG was loaded with coal, nails and oil.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 20, 1890

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      Detroit, Mich., Oct. 20. -- Word has just been received of the burning in Lake Huron off Lexington, Mich., this morning of the Lake Superior Transit Co.'s freight steamer ANNIE YOUNG. Nine lives are reported to have been lost by the upsetting of a small boat.
      When the steamer caught fire the captain and crew took to the boat, nine going in one boat and 13 in the other. The 13 were picked up by the steamer EDWARD SMITH, but the other boat was upset and all its occupants drowned.
      Among those lost were George McMannus of Port Huron, who only shipped this morning; J. Connelly; J. Crosby; T. Gallagher and George Connelly.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 20, 1890

      The ANNIE YOUNG was found adrift, burned to the water's edge, floating towards Port Huron. When within 6 miles of the river's mouth, she suddenly sank.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, October 21, 1890

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      J.J. Lynn, of Port Huron, has contracted to raise the cargo of merchandise from the burned propeller ANNIE YOUNG.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Tuesday, October 28, 1890

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Anyone finding any of the bodies from the steamer ANNIE YOUNG, burned near Port Huron last Monday, is requested to notify J.A. Thomson, Jr., at Port Huron, or J.T. Whiting at Detroit.
Lynn, of Port Huron, has received the contract to raise the cargo of the burned steamer ANNIE YOUNG, which consists of a deck load of merchandise and coal in the hold. There is only nine feet of water over her arches and there is no stake over her.
      Marine Review
      October 30, 1890
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      The McMorran Wrecking Company are at work on the ANNIE YOUNG, having secure the safe with $369.50 in silver, and some very valuable papers. All was found to be in good shape. They are still at work on her securing what they can in the shape of iron and nails. There is not very much to secure. Kendall, the marine reporter, says the wreck of the ANNIE YOUNG lies North by East about seven miles from Fort Gratiot in six fathoms of water.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Friday, October 31, 1890

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Port Huron, July 16. -- The wreck of the ANNIE YOUNG, burned last fall seven miles from Fort Gratiot, was sold to Ed. J. Kendall for $350 yesterday.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, July 16, 1891
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      The wrecking tug FERN goes to the wrecked ANNIE YOUNG today to recover her boilers. The YOUNG burned on Lake Huron last fall.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, November 30, 1891

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ANNIE YOUNG Built April 8, 1869 Package freight propeller - Wood
U. S. No. 1760 1006 gt - 793 nt 187.0 x 32.3 x 11.8
Burned off Lexington, Mich., Lake Huron, October 20, 1890. 9 lives lost.
      Detroit/Wyandotte Master Shipbuilding List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Reason: fire
Lives: 9
Freight: coal, nails, oil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.26808 Longitude: -82.53076
William R. McNeil
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Annie Young (Propeller), U1760, fire, 18 Oct 1890